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Copper Canyon train’s ritzy makeover

Those keen to travel through Mexico’s glorious Copper Canyon in luxurious grandeur are now getting the opportunity thanks to the May 17 launch of the Chepe Express, a premium tourism concept that compliments the popular – but more modest – train ride, Ferromex’s Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico, more commonly known as “Chepe.”

pg19aThe new train has nine carriages, all decked out in five-star splendor and split into two categories and prices ranges: executive and tourist.

For executive travelers there is a bar with panoramic views, a full compliment of staff to attend to their needs, complimentary meals, snacks and beverages. The two-tier restaurant under the watchful eye of top chef Daniel Ovadia is open to all.

The train is designed to reflect Orient Express–style opulence and comes equipped with reclinable seats (ergonomic in executive class), wifi, personal audio and stylish bathrooms. An app will soon be released to allow travelers to view information in real time about the trip they are taking.

The Chepe Express runs 350 kilometers from Los Mochis, Sinaloa to Creel, Chihuahua, making stops in El Fuerte, Sinaloa and Divisadero, Chihuahua.  Passengers may alight at either station and resume their journeys in the following days.

The one-way ride takes just over nine hours. Trains leave daily at 6 a.m., arriving in Creel at 3:30 p.m. The return journey departs Creel at 3:50 p.m., arriving in Los Mochis at 12:55 a.m.

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